Daylight Savings Time: Prepare for an Increase in Anxiety and Depression

As we prepare for daylight savings time, it’s important for clinicians to remember that less sunshine and the earlier onset of darkness can trigger or exacerbate episodes of anxiety, depression,...

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Breast Cancer Awareness: Addressing Your Clients’ Need for Self-Care

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a great reminder for every adult woman to get a yearly mammogram and for both men and women to address any suspicious changes, discharge,...

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How to Treat the “Shaming Aspect” of Dissociation

When a child or an adult uses dissociation or the freeze response by “checking out,” “going to the ceiling,” or disconnecting from their body during abuse or a life-threatening situation...

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Taking Care of Ourselves in the Context of Traumatic Events

Once again, we are faced with horrific national events: mass shootings that are impossible to comprehend or emotionally process and reconcile. For those of us who specialize in treating trauma,...

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Understanding the Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control

Approximately 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Assessing for Healthy Self-Care in Times of Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month and it’s a good time to revisit the need to assess for and encourage healthy self-care.  Given all the ongoing stressors in the world it’s...

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Addressing Negative Self-Talk

As a therapist, I am always interested in my clients’ inner monologues. We all have an inner voice, and its messages profoundly inform and impact self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. The way...

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The Power of Secure Attachment

Last week, Levi, my beautiful 18-month-old grandson had eye surgery. It was a great success, and he recovered incredibly well. I had the privilege of helping my son and daughter-in-law...

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Getting Through the Holiday Season

Mental health providers understand that the holiday season can be a time of struggle and emotional overwhelm for many people. For those who have lost loved ones, holidays can be...

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Practicing Acts of Kindness

November 13th is World Kindness Day.  Although I love the idea that kindness is being singled out and honored with its own special day, I know you would agree that every day needs to be “kindness day.” 

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